A group of Winkler figure skaters are heading off to the Manitoba Open Competition. The skaters will compete at Stride Place, hosted by the Portage Skating Club, Feb. 16-18. Sofia Polynko, Daniela Heinrichs, Brooke Kuhl, Jessica Heinrichs, Naomi Hildebrand and Hailey Penner are the local skaters taking part.
Team Ryan Thomson, representing Morden Curling Club, has been eliminated from the Viterra Championship after a hard loss Thursday evening.
Mike McEwen has faced some tough opponents in his curling career, but never one quite like this. The top-seeded skip and two-time defending champ at the Manitoba men’s curling championship has come down with a case of chickenpox, leaving his status for the rest of the event in doubt.
The Viterra Championship kicked off on Jan. 31, bringing the best of Manitoba men’s curling to Winkler. Mayor Martin Harder and MLA for Morden-Winkler Cameron Friesen were on hand for the opening ceremonies, and local musician Jayme Giesbrecht sang the national anthem. Event chair Louis Tanguay also took a moment to remember Gary and Tammy Berg.
It was a shot in the dark, aimed over the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. And it brought a zombie-killing, Brier-winning skip to this province, where he’s trying to take a team young enough to be his kids to a national championship.
Mike McEwen doesn’t call them superstitions. He prefers “quirks.”Last week, McEwen didn’t appear at the news conference unveiling the top seeds for the provincial men’s curling championship, leaving his third, BJ Neufeld, to do the talking. It’s the third straight year the skip has been conspicuous by his absence.
Four-wheel drive and snow tires helped Mike McEwen get through the blowing snow to the Manitoba men’s curling championship, here, Tuesday. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, he’ll slide into Sunday’s final and park himself next to a piece of history.
The 2018 Winkler Viterra Championship Host Committee will honour four local curlers as part of the opening ceremonies on Jan. 31. The four selections represent different generations of curlers. Abe Suderman, at 91 years old, is a 60-year plus member of the Winkler Curling Club.
The Viterra Men’s Provincial Curling Championship is less than three weeks away and soon curling teams from across the province and fans will be flooding into Winkler for the event. Event chair Louis Tanguay said planning has been going smoothly.
A local pickleball player is bringing awareness to the sport through workshops this week. Rose Sawatzky has been playing pickleball for two years now. “I was in Arizona two years ago and the weather wasn’t exactly nice so I joined the gym,” she said.
Fans of figure skating and homegrown talent are invited to watch eighty-six competitors from ten skating clubs across Central Manitoba showing off their skills at the Central Regional STARSkate Championships in Carman this weekend.
The Garden Valley Collegiate Varsity Girls basketball team showed they could play with the province’s best, as they won the consolation final during a weekend tournament. Coach Dan Forte said the tournament draw featured five AAAA schools who were ranked in the top 10 for most of last season, along with GVC, River East and Selkirk.
A Carman skip has led his team to victory, and a spot at the Canola Growers U21 Junior Provincials in Altona. Jayden Rutter led his team, made up of Winkler curlers Reece Hamm and Brennan Kezema and Winnipeg’s Ryan Zapotochny to victory at the Central Regional U21 Berth Bonspiel in Holland, Dec. 9. Rutter’s rink plays out of the Winkler Curling Club.
The Notre Dame Hawks took down the Beavers on Carman ice on Tuesday night, trouncing their rivals with a 7-1 finish.
The Carman Beavers came out on top on Saturday, narrowly beating the Morden Redskins in a tough game punctuated with penalties.
Gregg Zaun, the polarizing former big-leaguer turned Sportsnet broadcaster, has been canned for “inappropriate conduct in the workplace.”
When it comes to baseball, Carman already has a storied history.
RALEIGH — Nazem Kadri dipped his toe — or in this case, the butt end of his stick — over the line on Wednesday night, and the Maple Leafs centre was adamant it won’t happen again.
Wayne Gretzky doesn’t think he would have been as great of a hockey player in the 1950s.